Yucca baccata

Banana Yucca, Broadleaf Yucca

This Yucca forms a large sculptural rosette of arching blue-grey foliage with dark edges trimmed with attractive white fibres, sometimes developing a short trunk in maturity. Thrives in a sunny spot with very free-draining, alkaline soil if kept dry in winter months, or makes a strong container specimen for a conservatory display.

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Origin: Northwestern Mexico and Southwestern USA
Genus: Yucca
Species / Cultivar: baccata
Common Name: Banana Yucca, Broadleaf Yucca

Plant Biography

Yucca baccata, known as banana yucca or datil yucca, has a botanical history in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It was documented by early explorers and taxonomists in the 19th century. This species is characterised by long, sword-shaped leaves and tall flowering stalks with creamy-white flowers.

It has been essential to indigenous cultures for food, fibre, and medicine. Yucca baccata’s resilience in arid environments and its striking appearance make it popular in desert landscaping. Ongoing botanical research aids in understanding its ecology and genetic diversity, vital for conservation and cultivation.

Yucca baccata
Light: Direct
This plant likes as much sun as possible. Best placed in direct sunlight in a bright window.
Soil: Cacti and Succulent Mix
Enjoys a drier soil with a high ratio of drainage material.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.8-1.2m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5-0.8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Yucca baccata thrives in well-drained soil and full sunlight and can be tried outdoors in the mildest parts of the U.K. although protection from winter rain is advised. Water sparingly, as it is completely drought-tolerant once established.

Mature specimens typically reach approximately 1 metre in height and spread, making it suitable for small to medium-sized landscapes. Prune spent flower stalks to maintain its appearance and encourage new growth. This low-maintenance plant is resilient to pests and diseases, making it an excellent choice for water-wise gardens and xeriscaping projects.


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